Yearly Archives: 2010

Joyful Eating

I just visited Austin, Texas, where the Whole Foods Market originated.  The picture on this blog is a sign in their flagship store in Austin (which seems to be about 4 times the size of the one in St. Louis).  I love the idea of “joyful eating” and I love the values that the Whole

Mindfulness of Taste

What makes you go “yummmmm!”? Foods that you say “taste good” are generally ones you have been conditioned to like by your exposure to them.  And, unfortunately, when exposed to food with high amounts of sugar, fat, and salt, your taste buds have become altered to crave these more and experience them as “tasty.” The

What are you really, really, really hungry for?

Okay. I admit that I have always been an Oprah fan but I was exceptionally happy to see this week’s newsletter from her with the title “Why Oprah Says She’ll Never Diet Again.” As we all know, Oprah has been through many diets over the years and she’s shared each one with us.  She has

“Laughter” … a medical prescription and workout plan I can endorse

Being someone who is known for her big laugh, I loved the latest research findings by Lee Berk from Loma Linda University in California that indicate the health benefits of laughter.   In a small study of diabetes patients, researchers split patients –all with hypertension and hyperlipidemia (a risk factor for cardiovascuolar disease) into two groups. Both groups

Invitation to Local Foods BBQ Party–Sunday, May 16

Sustainable Farms and Communities is Happy to Host the 2010 Local Foods BBQ and Volleyball Potluck (We can feed ourselves!) Sunday May 16, 2010   –   Noon to 6 pm  –  Cosmo Park (the first pavilion on left as you head toward tennis courts from roundabout), Columbia, MO This potluck style spring fling is a chance

Eating in Peace Park

Ever notice that when you are stressed or anxious or sad or angry you feel it in your “gut?”  The obvious answer would be “YES.”  The reason may not be so obvious or well-know.  The enteric nervous system, which is located in the stomach is a kind of “mini-brain” that contains as many neurons (nerve

Starting where you are…

Traveling back from North Dakota this past weekend I picked up a copy of “The Atlantic” at the airport because of the cover article called “Fat Nation: It’s Worse Than You Think. How to Beat Obesity” and the picture of an overweight Statue of Liberty. The article is by Marc Ambinder and is an intelligent

Enjoy an Island Meal (no matter where you are)

I’m one of those people who like to take a lot of photographs on vacation and one of my favorite things to photograph is a delightfully prepared and presented plate of food.  Each plate of food that I take a picture of has a story behind it. This one comes to you from Roatan, which

Visit your local Farmer’s Market !

Maybe you are lucky enough to have a farmer’s market year round in your area but in Columbia, Missouri, we are only seasonal at this juncture.  The good news!  The 30th Anniversary Season of Your Columbia Farmers’ Market begins this Saturday, March 20, from 8:00 a.m. to noon and is located at the corner of

How are you VOTING with your FOOD DOLLARS ?$?$?

Have you ever considered the far-reaching implications of how you spend your food dollars? Every time you buy food you are making a decision affecting much more than your own health. There are environmental, political, cultural, social and ethical consequences of every dollar you spend. To find out more, read Alice Waters’ article entitled Slow Food